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Old 15 September 2009, 08:34   #1
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How do they do that then?

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Yesterday evening Into the Blue and myself were talking about various things boat related, and came up with a question neither of us knew the answer to.
Much to Mrs Nashers delight I should add.

Having been to the Southampton boat show, we were discussing the bigger motor cruisers and super yachts, and to cut a long story short wed like to know how they get the huge engines out, and replacement back in, if something goes wrong enough to require a replacement.

On smaller motor cruisers Ive seen the deck is removable for access, but on many bigger boats the engines are buried deep inside the boat under cabins and below decks that really dont look removable, or are part of the structural integrity of the boat.

Is anybody on here rich enough to have first hand knowledge of how these things happen?

Im sure its the same on commercial boats as well, but maybe there isnt so much of an issue slicing up the steel deck and welding a new one in when the work is over.

Perhaps the engines break down into smaller pieces, and would be built up in place.

Im just concerned that when I place an order on the 10M Sunseeker Im thinking of buying I will want the option of putting bigger engines in when Im bored with its pathetically low fuel consumption.

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Old 15 September 2009, 08:43   #2
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I don't know the answer, but I'm guessing the engines must "break down" somewhat to allow them to be removed, likewise various bits of boat must come off. The newer Gosport ferries have sections that unbolt from the deck and roof so the engines can be lowered in and out. When Mike Perhams Open 50 came back in to Portsmouth a couple of weeks ago they had to take the generator out. Its very crampt inside that boat; they had to take a lot of parts of the gennie to get it through the hatch.

PS. Can I borrow the Sunseeker when you get it and park it in Gunwharf one Friday night? I've been told a bigger boat will give me more success with the ladies.
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Old 15 September 2009, 08:45   #3
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bigger again..

On a ship we just gas axe a panel of steel to make an access hole, but on a nice sunseeker who knows!
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I've been told a bigger boat will give me more success with the ladies.
No not a bigger boat
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Old 15 September 2009, 09:03   #6
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On many of the smaller Sunseekers and Princesses etc the engines are in the tender garage area. They are often reached through large hatches in the rear cockpit.

On the larger boats I assume the engines never reallly need to be moved. Cranks - liners - individual heads etc can all be replaced in situ. It almost never happen a block goes.
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On many of the smaller Sunseekers and Princesses etc the engines are in the tender garage area. They are often reached through large hatches in the rear cockpit.

On the larger boats I assume the engines never reallly need to be moved. Cranks - liners - individual heads etc can all be replaced in situ. It almost never happen a block goes.

Well if there's a rule etc, further down they explain about the gearbox removal too

http://www.fairlineownersclub.com/fo...opic.php?p=195
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Well if there's a rule etc, further down they explain about the gearbox removal too

http://www.fairlineownersclub.com/fo...opic.php?p=195
Nah I meant much bigger - modern engines over say 1000hp. Usually pretty modular in construction.

Then again modern engines are nowhere near as good as the old slow revving diesels - old B+W - Kelvin - Lister Blackstones etc etc. Often would weigh about 8 tons for 300hp but they were huge and you could take down pistons while it was still running as you can on the huge ship engines now.
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wed like to know how they get the huge engines out, and replacement back in
They get the gyni in...
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When I needed to replace a fuel tank on my 40 footer, they suggested cutting a panel out of the hull (and promised they would make it "good as new").

I didn't fancy that much, so we worked on Plan B - cut the old tank into small pieces to get it out, and then instal several smaller tanks, stacked up and linked together
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